X Close


Published: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:50:01 AM
Updated: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:50:53 AM

Yemen jails nine al Qaeda members for plot to kill president

SANAA (Reuters) - A Yemeni court jailed nine al Qaeda members for between two and 10 years on Sunday for plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the country's news agency Saba reported.

Yemen is battling one of the most active wings of al Qaeda, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has been foiled in several attempted attacks on Western targets, including airliners.

The prosecution said the group, which was also convicted of planning to kill military officers and kidnap foreigners, planted an explosive device this year on a road used by Hadi on his way to the presidential palace.

Their intention was to detonate the bomb remotely and kill Hadi, but the device was found and dismantled by security forces, prosecutors said.

It was one of several attempted attacks on Hadi, who was elected in February 2012 after his long-serving predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down as part of a U.S.-backed power transfer deal. Saleh's departure ended months of popular protests against his three decades in office.

Stabilising Yemen, which is also struggling with southern separatists and northern rebels, is an international priority because of fears of disorder in a state that flanks top oil producer Saudi Arabia and major shipping lanes.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Reem Shamseddine; Editing by William Maclean and David Goodman)


  1. Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident
  2. Karpal Singh: Lorry driver in crash tested positive for ganja
  3. Karpal wanted to travel at night to have time to prepare for case, says Gobind
  4. Police: Karpal died on the spot from impact of crash
  5. Karpal dies: Highly emotional family members arrive at Kampar hospital mortuary
  6. Najib joins other shocked Malaysians in paying Twitter tribute to Karpal Singh
  7. Karpal Singh dies in car accident
  8. Four more sea turtles found killed
  9. Johor man first person in Asia to succumb to MERS
  10. Four more endangered sea turtles found killed